Marco Cabrera

 

How would you ideally build a new project?

  1. Agile Process
    1. By having short iterations, it forces the team to:
      1. Communicate more frequently.
      2. Think in more depth about each small piece of the functionality.
      3. Reflect upon the work and process frequently and adjust accordingly.
    2. Allows each team member to learn different aspects of the application allowing more developers to work more fluidly in and out of the team.
    3. Affords developers time to review their code so constant growth is built in to the process.
    4. Refactoring is essential, not a bad word within the project.
  2. Test-Driven Development
    1. By thinking about your test first:
      1. You will write less code for the product
      2. Your code is more usable to a greater group of applications
      3. Your code is more independent which makes it more portable.
    2. Using Data providers, you can use your test to account for any possibility you can think of, for very little extra effort.
    3. You can refactor code with less concern of a ripple effect if there are tests written.
  3. Think of the structure of the database, the server-side scripting language, and the user experience as 3 areas that work with each other but are independent of one another.
    1. Why let the limitations of the database, hinder your organization in your code, when you could create a data abstraction layer and have your code and database work independently?
    2. Your code needs to be written in a way that it can be maintained without worrying about the database or the user.
    3. The User neither cars about the internal structure of your office, nor the folder structure of your web server.

How would you ideally modify or maintain an existing project?

  1. Self preparation
    1. Accept and honor the work and decisions that went into the current code base, but look forward from that place to see where we could be with the right efforts.
    2. Think beyond the requirements, think beyond the current limitations, if your code base can adapt, or move to a new location, you have the ability to add functionality without destroying a workflow.
    3. Be humble, you never know what you don't know. Even in a language I know "inside and out", I respect that even a beginner has something to teach me. If nothing more than the way they phrase questions, that can cause me to see a different connection that I might not have had before.
    4. Accept that we all make mistakes, but our merit is only a reflection of how they handle them.
  2. Study the Database
  3. Study pre-existing code
  4. Speak with team members
  5. Learn any existing processes
  6. Move forward, as possible, with steps for a new project.
 

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Recommendations

I worked closely with Marco on a major CMS overhaul for our site, and I enthusiastically endorse him as a talented and flexible developer with impressive skills in both server- and client-side development. His strong, effective communication skills helped us overcome the challenges of working remotely to complete the project.
— Warren Mills
Marco's calm exterior hides the flurry of activity going on in his head. He is always looking for ways to improve - code, applications, processes, and his skillset. Marco is quite willing to disseminate what he has learned, and to listen to and learn from others. Working with Marco was a pleasure.
— MJ Gardner
Marco was a fantastic guy to work with, and to work for. He supervised me for a relatively short time, but it was the most critical time of the project, and his knowledge, responsibility, and management skills were essential to the success of the project. In addition, Marco was a fun and personable co-worker, a respected coder, and an valued mentor.
— Andrew Benson
Marco is very hard working and knowledgeable in web development. He is always ready to help in any way he can. He setup learning sessions that proved invaluable to the other developers there. He is very passionate about doing his work correctly instead of just getting things to work.
— Charles Harriger
Marco is a tremendously creative solution-oriented developer. His contributions to projects both large and small are incredibly valuable. He is highly collaborative and helps bring out the best in the teammates he works with.
— Brandon Trenz
Marco Cabrera is an articulate, friendly, and enthusiastic individual. He's very knowledgeable and experienced in designing websites and general web programming. He's also a great instructor for web languages. He goes above and beyond to ensure that each of his students understands the concepts. He's easy to contact and responsive. I've attended one of his classes and found it easy to follow along and the projects we worked on were well structured. He is perfect for any web instruction or web programming job you have in mind.
— Melanie Bell
It was indeed a pleasure to work with Marco on software development projects. His knowledge and understanding of the human interface was helpful in the design and implementation phase as well as the training of users. I strongly recommend Marco and his company to any who need a software architect with excellent vision, program management and training skills.
— Michael Pode